The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, March 14, 2001


PTC pays departing clerk $30,000

In a precedent-setting arrangement, former Peachtree City Clerk Nancy Faulkner has received six months' salary $22,179 as part of a brokered agreement between her and the city as part of her resignation. In addition, the city has agreed to pay her $7,500 for tuition to a paralegal school. The city also will pay an undisclosed amount for her health insurance, city documents show.

Deputy goes back on patrol after jail death

A Fayette County grand jury has declined to indict a deputy sheriff on involuntary manslaughter charges for the death of an inmate back at the Fayette County Jail in August.

Fayette ranks #1 in math scores

Fayette is at the top of the class in math, according to the 1999-2000 Georgia Public Education Report Card released by the Georgia Department of Education.

New land use plan in place for 74/Redwine

Fayette County commissioners last week approved a new land use plan for the area around Ga. Highway 74 at Redwine Road with little discussion.

Fayette roots grow tall trees

Fayette County is home to at least two specimens that are the largest of their kind in Georgia, and may have a third as well.

Massive Fayette pine barely misses state record for biggest

It took arborist Nick LeCroy a little over an hour to reach the top of Fayette County's largest pine tree, but just seconds to determine that the tree doesn't quite measure up in its quest to be named the largest in the state.

Collins bill would add $600 billion to Bush's tax cuts

Fayette County's representative in the U.S. House isn't content with President George W. Bush's initial $900 billion tax cut plan.

Development Authority eyes task force to boost tourism

Tourism dollars spent in Fayette County seem to be falling short of the area's potential, according to Chris Clark, president and CEO of the county Development Authority.

Local teen, parents being sued over wreck

A 16-year-old Fayetteville girl and her parents are being sued by the victim of an auto accident the youth was involved in on Sandy Creek Road in December.

Fire impact fees nearing reality

Fayette County is almost ready to start charging fees to new residents to help pay for the fire protection they'll need.

Fayette math team to compete in state contest Saturday

A Fayette County math team will compete at the state level this weekend.

Collins calls for repeal of alternative minimum tax

Calling the individual alternative minimum tax a threat to tax relief, Rep. Mac Collins has introduced legislation to repeal the measure.

Flat Rock becomes first school in Georgia to implement SAVE

SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) is the newest anti-violence program to be implemented in the Fayette County School System.

Army's hurting, general says here

The U.S. Army needs help, a commanding general said in Fayetteville Monday.

Brooks special election set for Tuesday

Brooks voters will go to the polls Tuesday to name a new town councilman, choosing between a former air traffic controller and the deputy chief of College Park Police.

Chamber members make annual trek to Capitol

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce last week took its annual Dome Roam to the state Capitol.

WASA opposes independent look at water quality tests on Line Creek

The Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority has officially opposed an effort from an environmental group to have the city fund an independent assessment of documents to determine the water quality of Line Creek.

Alleged abduction nets indictment

A Newnan man has been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury for kidnapping and battery stemming from the abduction of a woman from the Sleep Inn in Peachtree City in June.

Former Senoia chief returning to Fayette

Former Peachtree City Police Officer Ben Thomas is coming back to the county.

Red Cross sets Virtual Auction

Exotic getaways, nights on the town, sports memorabilia, celebrity items and more will be a click away during the Red Cross Virtual Auction March 16 - 25.

Health, safety fair set Saturday

A variety of activities to promote health and safety are on tap Saturday at Health and Safety Day, planned in front of Stevi B's Pizza.

Braelinn Buddies program kicks off

As part of its many Exceptional Children's Week activities, Braelinn Elementary School has kicked off a new program called Braelinn Buddies.

Police Blotter

Real Estate Review

Work at Graeagle picking up

More builders are preparing to begin working in Graeagle, the exclusive gated community off Georgia Hwy. 27/41 in Meriwether County, as the first home there nears completion.

It's a great time to buy a new home

When is the best time to buy a home?

Builders meeting tomorrow

The Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia has scheduled its annual "Associate Table Top Night" at its March meeting, which will be held tomorrow night at the Peachtree Wyndam Conference Center.

Keller Williams welcomes three new agents

Keller Williams Realty has announced the addition of Susan Annis, Sheila Carlisle and Lori Neely as new agents at the Peachtree City/Newnan Market Center.

Williams wins Silver Award

Sonjia Williams, a builder representative for Forrest Homes, won the Silver Award in the National Sales & Marketing Council's 2000 "Rookie of the Year" competition for District 10 (Southeastern area).

Pathway names builder team for Eastlake at Summergrove

As peak home buying season draws near, Pathway Communities, developer of Coweta County's SummerGrove, has announced the builder team for the community's newest neighborhood, Eastlake at SummerGrove.

Pathway's Mitchell named to Ga. Chamber board

Douglas Mitchell, founder and chairman of Pathway Communities, has been named to the Georgia Chamber Board of Directors.

Pathway names builder team for Avery Park

Pathway Communities, developer of Avery Park in historic Newnan, has announced the select builder team for two new Avery Park neighborhoods Bentley Chase and Morningside.

Shells teaming up

Longtime Peachtree City Realtor Jo Ann Shell has announced that she is teaming up with her husband Tom to provide an enhanced and broader service to her long list of previous clientele and new customers.

SummerGrove amenities a big draw

With over 300 home sales in less than two years, SummerGrove at Newnan has quickly become one of Atlanta's best-selling master-planned communities.

Turn-of-the-century model opens at Avery Park

Patrick Malloy Communities (PMC) is pleased to unveil its model home in Avery Park, a 380-acre master-planned community in Newnan.

White new Cedarcroft rep

Elaine White has been named as Ravin Homes' marketing representative in Cedarcroft, a new single-family residential community in the western part of Peachtree City.

Hornfeck gets senior designation

Terri Hornfeck, a sales associate with Re/Max Results in Peachtree City, has recently been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) professional designation.

Pathway unveils plans for Peninsula

Pathway Communities, developer of Peachtree City, has broken ground on what Pathway executives are calling the company's most upscale neighborhood in its 25-year history.

Hopkins joins SummerGrove marketing team

SummerGrove at Newnan, one of Atlanta's best-selling master-planned communities, has added Shannon Hopkins to its community marketing team.

Open house held at Lake Dow

The Clowdus Team from Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Henry County office recently hosted a Realtors Open House for Craig Britt Homes at The Woods of Lake Dow in Henry County.

Forrest Homes on the rise

Forrest Homes Inc. announced a record-breaking year in 2000, more that doubling its record of home sales during the previous year. The company closed 175 homes in 2000, compared to its first-year total of 85 in 1999.

Home Power has big year in 2000

Home Power Realty, Inc., headquartered in Fayetteville at 465 N. Jeff Davis Drive, has announced that the company closed over $30 million in new and resale homes during the year 2000.

ARC honors Monarch Village

Monarch Village, the 440-acre master-planned community in Stockbridge that is being developed by Pathway Communities, has recently been honored by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) with a Development of Excellence award for its innovative development initiatives.

Paladin Estates under construction

The first homes are under construction in Paladin Estates, The Edson Group's new single-family residential community in Henry County.

Shannon Cove in final phase

With nearly 25 homes sold since the community opened its marketing effort on Nov. 1, Shannon Cove is now on the verge of entering its second and final phase.


Chamber members to wear the green

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is getting into the St. Patrick's spirit with its After Hours gathering this Thursday.

Homeownership opens the door to tax breaks

Whether you buy a single-family house, town house, or condo, it may open the door to new tax savings.


Fayette Sports Pre-Season Classic heats up

The first week of the high school baseball season is complete and teams are gearing up for the annual Fayette Classic baseball tournament.

Local soccer teams prepapre for big week

McIntosh traveled to Newnan High School last Friday night and both the boys and the girls won. The girls, ranked first in the state and nation, defeated the Lady Cougars 9-0, while the boys defeated Newnan 9-1.

Local teacher to compete in Ironman competition

Doesn't a 2.4-mile swim in the Pacific Ocean sound good?

Fayette Wrestling Club places second in state competion

The tradition of Fayette wrestlers shining in state competition continued recently, as The Fayette Youth Wrestling Club placed second in the state tournament the group's highest finish ever.

Saturday is Family Fun Fish Day

Unicoi State Park in Helen, Ga. will offer Family Fun Fishing Day Saturday, March 17.


All star lineup coming to Peachtree City in summer concert series


The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than with a stellar summer concert series, the first part of which was announced last Friday.

FCFT presents 'The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland'


Do you feel that you are "very, very late" for something?

Travel photographers to sign copies of their book


Will and Deni McIntyre are a husband and wife free-lance photography team.

The Anniversary Song

He was the first guy she met in college that she didn't try to impress.

The end if the world and other happy thoughts


Earth is approximately 4.6 billion years old.


'Spiritual snobs' take note ... sinners, social rejects welcome at River's Edge
Religion Columnist

Last week I went to Juvenile Court in support of one of our dear church families. Yes, even Christian family members get in trouble with the law. As their pastor, I am there for them and in their corner.

'Drama in Dust Valley' debuts Friday

The Prince of Peace Players at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, will give a dinner theater presentation of "Drama in Dust Valley," Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. The western comedy is directed by Karen King.

PTC Presbyterian offers dinner, variety show Friday night

Some 27 years ago, women of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree city hosted their first lasagna dinner and variety show in what was then the new sanctuary and fellowship hall. Nearly 200 persons attended, This Friday, March 16, the tradition continues as the annual event gets underway. Doors will be open for dinner seating at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

'Exodus Out of Egypt' weight loss seminar offered by His House Church

His House Community Church will offer "Exodus" out of Egypt," a Weigh Down Workshop seminar at the church in Senoia. A free, no-obligation introduction to the course will be offered at the church on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

Karen Nelson to speak at March Women's Aglow meeting

Karen Nelson will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Peachtree City Chapter, Monday evening, March 19, and Tuesday morning, March 20. Both meetings will be held at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 202 Robinson Rd. in Peachtree City, next to Mowell Funeral Home.

Religion Briefs

First Presbyterian youth receive first communion

Several youth at the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City recently completed a course on the meaning of communion. On Communion Sunday, March 4, Pastor Don Smith, assisted by Elder Rod Little, presented each with a certificate of completion.



I concede: it's not about the money

Not surprisingly, I had a chance to chat with a few Delta pilots following last week's column.

School shootings:
One Citizen's Perspective

It's been less than two years since the Columbine High School tragedy rocked our collective conscience. There were several high profile school shootings before Columbine, but Columbine seemed to solidify the behavior as a cultural malaise which affects us all.

Never just a dog, Guthrie was our buddy before a bullet stopped his love
Contributing Writer

It was Sunday afternoon. We left him tied to his leash and went to Lowe's in Fayetteville to buy materials for a dog run. We suspected that some female was in heat on the road behind our property because Guthrie was exhibiting behavior that can only mean one thing.

Ain't it grand for raising kids
Laugh Lines

All of us have lived the horror. Whether passing the offending forebear in the halls at work, the grocery store, or at church, we are stopped and held ransom while some grandparent shows us pictures of their grandkids.


Don't build TDK Blvd. and ruin rural Coweta

It is rare that I write my concerns to the newspaper, as I usually present them in person at the Peachtree City Council meetings. However, since I will not be able to attend the meeting March 15 at 5:30 p.m., and since I feel that it is important for the citizens of Peachtree City to understand what is being proposed, I hope that you receive this in time to print it before that meeting.

The Delta pilots' strike: View from other side of cockpit

In response to the airline pilot's article in the (AJC, March 3), I have several comments to make.

Does animal shelter, 'Kill first, ask questions later'?

I was appalled when I read the letter to The Citizen from Denise Barnett regarding the destruction of her family cat by Fayette County Animal Control, after he was caught in a trap and taken to the shelter.

Not neighbors' role to notify irresponsible pet owner

First, let me extent my deepest sympathies to Denise Barnett, who lost her pet in a web of miscommunication resulting in the pet's being put to sleep.

  Put leash on all dogs on PTC cart paths

The leash law in Peachtree City is ineffective because that part of the leash law that allows animals to be under voice control is ineffective.

Gunfire from 4-H practice range disturbs southside

Saturday morning at 9 I was awakened by the sound of a horse kicking his stall. When I got up to investigate, I realized that the 4-H Skeet Club had begun its shooting schedule for their season.

Injured kids from Columbia, Somalia getting help in Fayette, need more

In an effort to raise public awareness regarding the incredible humanitarian efforts occurring in our county, I would like to briefly outline the situation of Maike Vega.

Think our kids aren't watching us? Look at this . . .

For those who think that their actions and words go unheeded by the youngsters around them, I have news.

Separating those who pray from those who prey

President Bush's initiative to provide federal funding to faith-based organizations, enabling them to better provide social services to the needy in this country, is worthwhile and deserves our full support. Why?

Doped up and doped out at school

Rayism The intelligence of so few leads to the stupidity of so many.

Still more about riding the bus to Starr's Mill

Adult takes up for Kerry

I am an adult and I am writing to defend the seniors' right to drive to school. I have been following this controversy since Kerry FitzPatrick's original letter. The letters written in last week's paper by Bill Webster and R.D. Welch were unbelievable.

Bus rider agrees with Kerry

After reading the many responses bashing Kerry FitzPatrick's article, I'd have to say I am disgusted. Honestly, I have to say the adults who reacted by sending in all these mean letters, are acting like 4-year-olds. I for one believe that people have a right to their opinion.

Adults need lessons in civility

I just read the letters in response to one of my classmates, Kerry FitzPatrick's letters. Although I see both sides of the issue, I totally agree with Kerry. I rode the bus all throughout my middle school and freshman years, and now that I am a junior and have a car I feel that I have earned the privilege of not having to take the bus. My classmates and I should not have to plan our schedules around if kids are too lazy or spoiled and get Mommy or Daddy to drive them to school.

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